Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review

            Hey cloth or cloth curious diapering folks! As you know, we are a strictly cloth diapering family now and love trying out different diapers. We recently had the opportunity to try out a Glow Bug cloth diaper, which was especially exciting since it’s the first true pocket diaper we’ve used!
            Glow BugCloth Diapers was created by two friends. Sarah and Neta first met and became friends at a prenatal yoga class while each was pregnant with their first baby. They also came to love cloth diapering their children, but weren’t thrilled about the options available at the time. They simply wanted quality made cloth diapers at affordable prices. Thus, Glow Bug Cloth Diapers was formed! You can read more about them HERE.
            As I mentioned, I recently had the opportunity to try one of Glow Bug’s pocket diapers on Myka. I was especially excited to try it out for two main reasons:
1) It is the first true pocket diaper we have tried.
2) It’s also the first snap diaper we’ve ever used. (Can you believe that?! We’ve even used PINS, but never snaps! Lol) Needless to say, I was curious to see how the fit and pocket would work for us.
First of all, I was still a little leery about the whole pocket business after only trying one other one in a fitted diaper. As a lot of you know, I am a die-hard flats and pre-folds user. However, I was pleasantly surprised that Glow Bug cloth diapers come with TWO pocket openings at either end. This makes stuffing SO much easier and quicker! You won’t have to worry about awkward bunching and readjusting repeatedly since you can simply straighten your inserts out (if needed) the first time and be done with it!
I have to admit, it took a while getting used to the snaps, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. We’re just not used to them and as you can see in the pictures, there are a TON of snaps! You know what that means, right? More customization to your baby’s unique shape! It did take us a few times (and admittedly some leaks) before we figured out how to get Myka’s diaper to fit just right, especially around the legs.
I also like all of the snaps down the front of the diaper, making it a one size. That means you don’t have to buy as many and will save money in the long run! One size diapers are a must if you’re on a budget!

While we’re still talking about snaps, the microfiber inserts come with double sided snaps as well. These can be attached to the inside of the diaper to keep them from moving around. Usually I am all about snap-in inserts, but I didn’t really care for this feature with the Glow Bug diapers. I feel like the snap on the inside part of the cover should be moved up some. With us at least, we can’t get the top of the diaper to lay flat with the inserts snapped in. Not to worry, though, because we didn’t really need to snap it in anyways. Myka is crawling all over the place and standing and we haven’t had any problems with inserts shifting.

            Our overall experience with our Glow Bug cloth diaper has been pretty good. Again, it took us some experimenting with things we weren’t used to, like the hip snaps, but it only took us a few times to get it just right. This is a great diaper for both daytime and overnight use. I was especially impressed this past weekend. We were in the car quite a bit Saturday, so we didn’t get to change Myka as much as we probably should have. We had the Glow Bug diaper with just one insert on her for 4 hours AND after drinking a bottle and still had no leaks! We’ve had success with 2 inserts at night once we finally got the snaps and fit around her legs just right.
One insert 

Two inserts: It's still pretty trim even for having so much fluff in it.

We also liked:
-that there is nice, soft, absorbent material next to baby’s skin, but still waterproof.
-the 360 gusset, which helps keep solids in. The leg gussets are fantastic too since they can fit a skinny or chunky legged child comfortably. 
360 gusset on the inside
-the generous pocket size for customizing how much absorbency (aka stuffing) you need.
That is my husband's hand sticking through in the left picture, btw. Just to show you how much room the pocket has!
-that they actually have really cute prints AND are still affordable, which is darn near unheard of!
-the cross over snaps (which help with the fit on newborns). Although Myka has “evened out” considerably since she started crawling and pulling up, she’s still on the chunky side. We were really shocked by how “tight” we could get the diaper! In other words, there’s plenty of room to spare for when she gets older!
Gotta get the cute fluffy butt shot. :) (That is with 2 inserts in the diaper, btw.)

            If you’re looking for an affordable way to start cloth diapering (or making the switch), I definitely recommend Glow Bug. You can get a set of 12 one-size pocket diapers, 18 snap-in inserts, AND a wet bag for just $150! It may sound like a lot, but after you do some cloth diaper research online, you will find that it’s not a bad price at all for quality pocket diapers, let alone including the inserts AND a wet bag too!
            Be sure to visit their website HERE to find out more about their diapers and packages. Also, while you’re at it, give them a like on their Facebook page and a follow on their Twitter!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

1 comment:

  1. I never used cloth diapers for my daughters when they were babies because they wasn't very popular then but I would be willing to try them out if I decided to have another child in the future. These look wonderful.